For nearly a decade, Ubell headed Tandon Online, ranked No. 2 by US News & World Report of the nation’s Computer Information Technology online graduate programs. A columnist for EdSurge and contributor to Inside Higher Ed and other leading publications, he is Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Ubell heads a four-course online certificate, “Designing Online Learning Programs,” at The New School and consults for universities and edtech companies, including Coursera and NYU, among others.
Recipient of the highest honor given for individual achievement in digital education, the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award, Ubell is a fellow of the Online Learning Consortium. A member of New York State Board of Regents’ Online Learning Task Force, he serves on the Advisory Board of Online Learning, the journal of the Online Learning Consortium where he served on the organization’s board. Ubell is a member of McGraw-Hill Education’s Learning Science Research Advisory Board. Over his career, Ubell’s online programs have enrolled more than 30,000 students.
Abroad, Ubell has been active across the globe. In China, he headed three blended online master’s at Central University of Finance and Economics and Beijing Institute of Technology. A member of the board of the Lianyungang Universal Vehicle Manufacturing Company, he was honored as a Council Member of the Chongqing International Exchange Association. In London, he served as American Publisher of Nature, the prominent science weekly, and launched the journal, Nature Biotechnology. In Russia, he negotiated scientific book and journal translation agreements with publishers in Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Ubell is the author of Going Online, for which Ralph Gomory, former president of the Sloan Foundation, remarked, “Ubell describes in detail how new technology allows us to use online learning in new ways that are both more participatory and more effective. These assertions come from someone with a remarkable track record of making learning actually happen.” Ubell is at work on his next book, Staying Online, to be published next year.